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“Beautiful location and very nice place to stay”
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Ismini Apartments
Ranked #1 of 5 Kalyves B&B and Inns
Norway
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“Beautiful location and very nice place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2010

We have stayed at Ismini's appartments two times, and the place is very nice indeed. The house where we have lived in, the Guest House, has always been very clean and well equipped. The location by the sea is fantastic, and Ismini's garden is absolutely the best. On windy days, the garden gives shelter, and in warm days, the nice terrace area gives shadow. There was also two small soccer goals in the big flat garden, perfect for family soccer games. Ismini, who is the hostess, is very friendly and tells stories of Kalives in the old days, if she is asked for it. But she is also very careful not to disturb her guests.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2007

This year we´ve been already the third time to Ismini Botonakis Villa (guesthouse) and we can recomment the accommodation very much. It is a fantastic place for a great vacation!

The beautiful old house with the large garden is in front of the fine-sandy-beach. Ismini furnished the mansion very tasteful and rich in details with antiques and old hereditary pieces. In the ground floor there is a WC in the input area. Furthermore there is a big dwelling with a well equipped kitchen. In the upper floor there are two cosy sleeping rooms with space for 2 adults and max. 2 children. The bath on upper floor is also equipped very well for Greek conditions. The view from the small balcony at the parents sleep area is sensational.

From the large, wine-over-climbed terrace you get a fantastic view at the garden and the beach. The garden is perfect for children because of the lawn and the small playground in front of the beach.

Ismini Botonaki is a love-worth older lady, who has always an open ear for all questions. She made it possible for us to have an unforgettable vacation! We are looking forward to next time in Kalives.

Stayed May 2007
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New Jersey, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2007

The Ismini Apartments were very nice. Ismini is an older woman who is very friendly and keeps beautiful gardens. The pictures on the web site are absolutely accurate -- the beach is just across the lawn. The beach right in front of the apartments is next to an outlet of cold spring water, and a very short walk around the breakwater takes you to the main beach where the water is warmer. The benefit is that the beach right in front has few people on it. The only negative to the Ismini Apartments is that they are on the Kalives town road and get some road noise -- mostly from motorcycles. It's not terrible -- I used earplugs at night and got used to it during the day. I happily recommend the Ismini Apartments.

  • Stayed June 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2007

Originally we (my wife and me) went to Crete to travel around. We looked for a convenient place to stay which will be close to tourist attractions. When we entered this wonderful house and garden we decided to spend most of our time there, and actually gave up most of our travelling plans.
As Israelis, who live just 10 minutes from the beach, it is relatively difficult to impress us with beaches, but this was
outstanding. The direct access from the appartment to the garden and from there straight to the beach is just fantastic.
But above all we found great people who made every possible effort to give us an unforgetable holiday.
We shall be back.

  • Liked — The people
  • Disliked — Too short
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2007

Staying at Ismini's apartments overlooking the Kalives sea front was one of the best holidays I have ever had. We (three adults and two kids) hired two of the self-contained apartments (one had a massive kitchen/dining room on the ground floor and double doors onto the enormous front garden) and spent our time on the beach in Kalives, going into Chania (a very attractive place to wander around) or exploring the lovely beaches nearby. Ismini is warm and welcoming and greets you with her own home-made cake and you feel that the whole experience is part of a bygone area. If you are fortunate enough to find one of the apartments free when you want it, don't hesitate - this place is a real find and kids and adults alike all loved it.

  • Liked — Huge kitchen/dining room onto massive garden and beach
  • Disliked — having to leave it
  • Tips/Secrets — go as often as possible
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled with family
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Property: Ismini Apartments
Address: Kalives, Apokoronas, Crete 730 03, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Apokoronas > Kalyves
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Kalyves
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 2 Apartments and the Guest House, on both sides of the owner's house, have an exceptional and idyllic position situated right on the sandy beach of Kalives village with large gardens with a gate straight onto the beach. Each apartment (45 sq m) sleeps 2-4. The Guest House (75 sq m) sleeps 4-5, in a lovingly restored 17th Century house with Venetian original features. All have satellite TV, air-conditioning, safe. Nearby restaurants can serve guests on their terrace. ... more   less 
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